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Engendering Men’s Health with Grayson Perry

Kennedy Lecture Theatre
University College London
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London
WC1N 1EH

14 October 2019, 6 to 8pm


Join us for a talk by renowned artist and writer Grayson Perry on masculinities, gender norms and men’s health. Grayson Perry’s seminal work has explored themes of masculinity in contemporary society, most recently through his book The Descent of Man. Following the keynote you are invited to join us for a drinks reception which will feature an exhibit of original art from the Slade School of Fine Art, commissioned to explore themes of masculinities, gender and health. During the afternoon there will also be a series of panel discussions exploring masculinities and men’s health, intersectionality and men’s health, and reframing narratives on gender, masculinity and health.

About the event

When we talk of gender, for most of us it will be women that come to mind. In global health, discussions on the impact of gender on health tend to remain narrowly focused on women’s health. But we are all gendered beings, and to understand and address the health of men, we must also understand the role gender norms and masculinities play in influencing their health and wellbeing, and often, in making them sick.

For example, in the UK, women can expect to live three years longer than men. In some countries, this gap is as large as 11 years. On the other hand, women can expect to live longer but with more chronic disease. The role of gender in driving these gaps remains overlooked.

In what ways does gender influence the health outcomes of men? How might challenging rigid gender norms improve the health not just of women, but also of men? Should the health community be paying greater attention to men and men’s health? And what can we do about it?

Join us for a series of panel discussions to explore these questions, followed by a keynote speech from renowned artist and writer Grayson Perry, whose seminal work has explored themes of masculinity in contemporary society, most recently through his book The Descent of Man.

This event is co-hosted by the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health, Global Action on Men’s Health, Promundo and Global Health 50/50. Find out more at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/engendering-mens-health-with-grayson-perry-tickets-72057906137.

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